Update: Read more about the panel discussion on Scientific American: An Overlooked Tool in the Fight Against Drug Resistance.
Amid the backdrop of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), USP introduced its Quality Institute – a center that will conduct much-needed research to foster evidence-based policy decisions that can help increase the availability of quality-assured medicines worldwide.
Today, two billion people – more than 25% of the world’s population – benefit from the quality standards we develop with our partners for how medicines, dietary supplements, and food are produced. These standards help build a foundation for quality that makes the world a safer and healthier place. Click here to read more.
Men are more likely than women to smoke and drink alcohol, put off regular medical checkups, and make less than healthy choice. Some men use dietary supplements to help them achieve their health goals, with many good results. However, some scientists are becoming increasingly cautious about these supplements because of the way they can impact the liver. One way to avoid adulterated supplements is to seek out the USP Verified Mark on the labels.
Regardless of whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, the ingredients on a drug product label typically include one, maybe two, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The rest of the list is comprised of “inactive” ingredients (excipients) which in reality are far from inactive. Variability may be acceptable for products such as printer ink and paintballs, but not pharmaceuticals, making quality standards for excipients critical to ensuring consistent drug quality.
When purchasing food products, consumers may take for granted that the information on the label accurately reflects the contents of the package. As they become more health conscious and aware of food quality, many are willing to pay more for what they perceive to be healthier, higher quality foods. Unfortunately, there are instances when consumers’ trust in the integrity and quality of the foods they buy is misplaced. Many common foods are among the most susceptible to adulteration.
The 70th World Health Assembly (WHA70) convened in May 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland, where hundreds of public health experts converged to discuss crucial global health topics including, antimicrobial resistance, global health security, health systems strengthening and more.
Given the intersection between global health security and women's health, as well as women's unique role in strengthening health systems, it is critical to invest in women as change agents Dr. Katherine Bond, USP's of VP International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs explains.
Establishing the suitability of packaging systems for pharmaceutical products is critical. With many new materials and applications entering the marketplace, testing procedures for these systems need to be revised regularly to make sure quality attributes are considered. To that end, USP has started an effort to modernize its packaging standards. Learn more.